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Benefits / financial matters

Below are a series of links that will help you and the person that you care for receive financial help and support.

Benefits for carers

If you are over 16 years old, you may be eligible for Carers Allowance to help you look after someone with substantial caring needs, if you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for them. Carer's Allowance is taxable. It can also affect your other benefits.

You could get Carer's Credit if you're caring for someone for at least 20 hours a week, and are over 16 years of age and under State Pension age. Carer's Credit is a National Insurance credit which helps build your entitlement to the basic State Pension and additional State Pension.

Find out more from Durham County Council's Welfare Rights on their benefits for carers page.

Energy saving grants and loans

Visit the Energy Saving Trust website for details of how they can help you save money on your energy bills The site also contains information and advice about energy saving grant schemes.

Carer assessments

If you're an unpaid carer for a relative or friend, you can now get your needs assessed to help you get support for your caring role. Find out how to get assessed and more information about who is eligible for help by visiting our get a carer's assessment page.

Other forms of financial help, carers may be entitled to

Information on financial help from Carers UK.  - Benefits

Benefits information on the website.


Turn2us is a charitable service which helps people access the money available to them - through welfare benefits, grants and other help.

Welfare Rights

Durham County Council's Welfare Rights service can help with questions and problems on a wide range of benefits and entitlements, such as Social Security and Tax Credits.

Money Advice Service

Find out what benefits you're entitled to and learn about Universal Credit on the Money Advice Service's benefits page..